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Coming full circle

My friend Mardi Ellen Hill recently shared an article about Google outfitting Carnegie Mellon with technology to create a living web or a complete internet of things. A brilliant idea and a fascinating concept – the internet of things that all things will be an electronic nervous system allowing us to interact with everything in our network from anywhere in the network. One could say bringing life to a once lifeless or disconnected landscape. This reminded me of one of the earliest films made by one of the great minds of the last great age of technology, Thomas Edison. Edison too was interested in the story of bringing together different elements, here in the Frankenstein story, body parts and making them one. Perhaps that is the age old dream, all the way back to Plato and the Symposium. In Aristophanes’ speech in the Symposium he puts forth a creation myth that people were once joined, both male and female into one being but were separated through intrigues and are chopped in half by Zeus, leaving them a separate male and female, left to spent the rest of their lives, each looking for their opposite and completing half.
We seem to have come full circle in our pursuit to bring oneness to our environment, to make our entire world one and yet we still stand quivering at the prospect of finding completeness in ourselves.

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The journey goes on and on….

My reading, which is often of a curious nature, recently brought me to a discussion of mazes as opposed to labyrinths. Now a maze, for those who spend time with such things, is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage through which the solver must find a route. This varies from a labyrinth in which has a single through-route with twists and turns but without branches. Technically a labyrinth will have one path to the center and one path which takes you back out of the labyrinth. Mazes are used to induce stress in lab rats and mice to see how they respond under various stresses while the labyrinth is reserved for meditation or as a metaphorical pilgrimage to the holy land.
Thinking of these similar structures, now identical in common uses, got me thinking about how we use search engines. Is our search for knowledge a maze only inducing stress or a labyrinth, a journey toward greater wisdom. Perhaps the journey is in the eyes of the beholder.

 

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